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Hempstead Lake State Park

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Lakeside Dr.
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Latitude 40.682314001199998
Longitude -73.642421507799995

Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion available for large parties. In addition to a pavilion rented through the Permit Department, Hempstead offers rental of the Carousel party-room done in-house at the park.  For a rental fee of $350.00 for a three hour event, guests are also offered unlimited carousel rides during their event.

There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use car top boats with an annual permit issued from the Park.  McDonald Pond, South Pond and Hempstead Lake are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout year-round. Other species present include large mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, perch, tiger muskies, carp and sunfish.

Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and see photos of Hemp Pavilion.

Dogs only. Access in dog-walk area only, on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in camping, bathing and picnic areas. Not allowed in buildings or on walkways.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round. Sunrise to Sunset.
  • 2016 Tennis Tournament: 7/1 - 9/1. Registration fee collected 5/1-6/30.
    Contact Park Office for information and registration form: (516) 766-1029.
  • Boat Permit: Sold in park office. Boat and life jacket must be inspected. Please call for appointment: (516) 766-1029
  • Carousel and Gift Shop: 4/2 - 10/10, Saturdays, Sundays and weekends.

    4/2 - 5/22: 12pm-6pm
    5/28 - 9/5: 12pm 7pm
    9/10 - 10/10: 12pm-6pm

    Carousel Pavilion Building party room rentals for: Birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc. Contact Park Office: (516) 766-1029.
  • Fishing: Available year round. Valid NY State fishing license required for patrons 16 yrs. or older.
  • Picnicking: Year round, sunrise to sunset. Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    4/18 - 5/27: 8am - Sunset, Daily
    5/28 - 9/5: 8am - Sunset (M - F) and 7 am - Sunset (SS & holidays)
    9/6 - 11/8: 8am - Sunset, Daily
  • Tennis: All weather courts: Available year round.
    Clay Courts - Available 4/18 - 11/8, Weather permitting.
    Courts close at sunset.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Boat Permit
  • $50
  • Carousel
  • $2 per ride
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Model Boat
  • $40 by permit only
  • Picnicking
  • Special permit required for Pavilion rental.
    -Weekends/Holidays: $250
    -Weekdays: $200
  • Tennis
  • $6 per hour
  • Tennis (Clay)
  • $8 per hour
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Singles: $12
    Doubles: $15
    Registration Fee Collected 6/1 - 6/30.
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    2016 Collection Times:
    4/2 - 5/22: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/28 - 9/5: 8am-4pm, weekdays; 7am-6pm, weekends & holidays;
    9/10 - 10/10: 8 am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays.


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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Bridle Path
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Tennis (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing